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Take the chance to learn to save a life with our child lifesaver courses

Published: 6 Jun 2014 11:000 comments

TAKE the chance to learn to save a life – that is the message to parents, grandparents and carers who are being given the opportunity to take part in the News’ free first aid courses.

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Zinta Krumins, managing director of Boehringer Ingelheim UK, which is again sponsoring the Child Lifesaver initiative, has urged News readers to sign up for one of the 90-minute sessions on Friday, June 20.

She said the training – given by St John Ambulance instructors – would give people confidence to act if faced with a situation where someone, whether it be a loved one or stranger, needed first aid.

The courses will teach people how to put someone in the recovery position, stop choking and give CPR to infants and adults.

“This is giving parents and carers the opportunity to learn basic techniques without having anxiety. I would encourage people to have that experience,” said Ms Krumins. “Every year, 150,000

people die in situations where they might have been saved – because other people weren’t sure what to do.”

Ms Krumins received basic first aid training when she was at school and used it when her husband collapsed; she put him in the recovery position, before he was taken to hospital.

“I found that I had the training and I knew what to do instinctively,” she said.

“Personally, I would like to see first aid training to be on the National Curriculum.

“It doesn’t take a lot to train a child what to do.

“I have three young nieces and I think it is important for them to have an understanding of how to manage situations.”

Boehringer is sponsoring an All-Party Parliamentary Group to raise awareness of the need for more people in Britain to learn first aid, and Ms Krumins said it was important that people of all ages should learn basic first aid and also what to do in emergency stituations. She cited the example of Millie-Angel Woodward-Brown, the four-year-old girl who won the Pride of Bracknell Awards My Hero category, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.

When her mum Katie had an epileptic fit at their Priestwood home, Millie-Angel – because she had been told what to do in this situation by her family – realised what had happened and phoned her grandmother.

“Millie-Angel kept calm and knew what to do – and she was very young,” said Ms Krumins.

Ms Krumins has worked for Boehringer since 1989, when she joined as a market research manager at its UK headquarters in Bracknell, before holding positions with

the pharmaceutical giant in Germany, Denmark and Turkey. She became MD of Boehringer Ingelheim UK and Ireland in January.

She said the company and its staff were not only focused on producing medicines to help combat illness but also committed to supporting the Bracknell community through initiatives such as the Child Lifesaver courses.

She said: “Our mission is to improve lives.”

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